Ken Griffey Jr. is in town to be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame on Saturday. The ceremony will take place prior to the game against the Milwaukee Brewers. There is no question the excitement is building, as the young players on the Mariners cannot wait to see their favorite player receive an incredible honor.
“It adds to the whirlwind [of being a rookie],” shortstop Brad Miller said, according to Mariners.com. “Getting to see your favorite player inducted into the Hall of Fame for your team is pretty sweet. We’re just trying to keep up the tradition that him and all those other guys started.”
And what a tradition it was. Griffey was an American League MVP and selected to 10 All-Star Games during his time in Seattle. He also helped the Mariners clinch two division titles (1995, 1997) with the latter coming during his MVP season.
There is no denying that the 10-time Gold Glove Award winner and seven-time Silver Slugger would be considered one of the greatest ever to play professional baseball if injuries did not affect his playing time. In fact, there is no doubt in my mind he would be the legitimate home run king. Regardless of the injuries, many who played with him or saw him play would still say he was the greatest.
“He was the best center fielder I ever played with,” Randy Johnson said, according to Mariners.com. “I was just glad I had a part in his highlight films, because I was the guy throwing the pitches that he was saving out there.”
“To me, he’s the greatest player I’ve ever seen,” Mariners left fielder Raul Ibanez told Mariners.com. “I haven’t seen anybody come close to the things I’ve witnessed him do.”
The young players on the current roster will get to see one of the most magical moments in franchise history when the Hall of Fame induction takes place. It will be a great moment for everyone involved, including the fans who will be sure to give an enormous ovation.